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Police, Demonstrators Gear Up for Michael Brown Anniversary in Ferguson

August 04, 2015  | 

Police commanders are expecting a peaceful weekend — and demonstrators are promising it. But authorities said Monday they would be prepared if the observance of the first anniversary of the controversial death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., turned violent, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

An organizer for a series of events characterized them at a press conference Monday as mainly "family-friendly, open to the public and free of charge.

"The events we have planned this weekend are intended to show the strength of community, the value of self-empowerment and the power of the people," said Nabeehah Azeez, of Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment.

Last year, police — confronted with taunts and thrown objects amid a backdrop of gunfire — used tear gas, armored vehicles, flash-bangs and other devices at times to control crowds protesting Brown's death. The tactics drew criticism from the Department of Justice and others.

St. Louis County police Chief Jon Belmar said Monday that his priorities were to protect life, property, and the expression of First Amendment rights, in that order.

"If nothing happens, there will be no reason to stage officers and equipment," he said. "All of our activity will be predicated on that."

Comments (6)

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db in AZ @ 8/4/2015 6:39 PM

A word for the demonstrators; " Pants Up - Don't Loot "

Tom Ret @ 8/4/2015 6:42 PM

The whole world knows by now that Brown was not a victim in this case except for these brain dead demonstrators.

kevCopAz @ 8/4/2015 7:12 PM

Hope everything stays peaceful, but then again why would a city that is led by Black politicians, a new Black police Chief and having been investigated and now controlled by the Obama (Black) have to worry about Blacks rioting? The White leadership is gone now and Blacks run it all. Don't Black politicians and Police know that Black lives matter? Oh sorry I forgot, just look at Baltimore, Detroit, DC, all cities with race problems and high crime rates with Black leadership. Guess I was wrong. So then its not White vs Black, its like all of us in Blue knew all along.. its good vs evil and right vs wrong. Race has very little to do with it, a thug is a thug is a thug, Black, White, Brown Yellow or any mix...criminals are criminals.

Jon Retired LEO @ 8/4/2015 7:31 PM

The officials in Ferguson had better wait and see if Sharpton shows up before making any predictions on the demonstrations.

bill @ 8/4/2015 11:00 PM

Round 2. Let the games begin.

S.S. @ 8/5/2015 8:34 AM

To all law enforcement officers out there. Watch your and each others backs. No telling what to expect. We all saw how these animals behaved last year and they knew they were being filmed. They didn't give a shit. They did what they did and burned down their city all to steal property from their businesses, and destroy homes. All of this was done for a no good p.o.s. m. b. So for the city government to say that they expect no problems is B.S.!!

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